Carnival Victory officially renamed as Carnival Radiance

The ship is in the final stages of a $200 million refit project in Cadiz, Spain

Carnival Victory officially renamed as Carnival Radiance

Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Radiance will sail year-round from Long Beach, California

By Alex Smith |

Carnival Cruise Line has officially changed the name of Carnival Victory to Carnival Radiance. The ship is currently in the final stages of a $200 million refit in Cadiz, Spain.

Carnival Radiance is scheduled to depart Cadiz on 18 October on a seven-week journey to her homeport in Long Beach, California, which includes a call in Miami, Florida and a transit of the Panama Canal along the way. She will then begin a year-round schedule of three- and four-day cruises to Baja Mexico from the Long Beach Cruise Terminal. Three-day cruises will depart on Fridays and visit Ensenada, Mexico, while four-day cruises sail on Mondays and will call at Ensenada and Catalina Island.

Carnival Radiance will feature the dining, beverage and entertainment spaces introduced in the cruise line’s Fun Ship 2.0 concept as well as Big Chicken, a poolside restaurant created by former basketball player Shaquille O’Neal which was debuted onboard new flagship Mardi Gras earlier this year.

“The transformation of Carnival Victory has been in the works for quite some time, but we’re delighted that she can now officially be called Carnival Radiance — the newest member of our fleet,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.  “Carnival Radiance features all of our most popular spaces and provides a truly unique and exciting vacation option for the Southern California short-cruise market.”

A traditional naming ceremony will be held once Carnival Radiance arrives in Long Beach, with additional details to be announced soon.

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